Bag full of Sunshine – Made in Jamaica

IMG_7857.jpgWhen you need a little somethin’-somethin’ to spruce up a drab or dull outfit, you can always turn to accessories. And what better way to make a statement than by carrying around a bag in a unique shade of, say, YELLOW? Or blue? Or red? Or pink?

Brightly coloured handbags and clutches can really bring some life and spice to an outfit. If you’re rocking the monochrome black-and-white trend and want to add an extra eye-catching element to your outfit — bam! — a fiery red bag will make a huge statement. If you’ve decided to go with dark greys and neutral shades for the office today and need to feel a little more “fashionable”, no problem — grab your sunshine yellow bag and strut win feeling fun and confident.

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Di Wine Yaad

IMG_7765.JPGA Jamaican beauty by the name of Anna-Kay Tomlinson or as more popularly known, Miss T, had a dream of opening a restaurant that would deliver Jamaica’s amazing flavors, people, and atmosphere to the world. All on her own, she used her passion for cooking to open one of the best restaurants in Ocho Rios that has far surpassed anything she could have ever imagined.

Not only does Miss T have an immense passion for the art of cooking but when she hears the two words “road trip”, she’ll have no trouble throwing off her apron and jumping into any vehicle, whether it be a fancy Mini Cooper or an old red “Betsy” – but under one condition; there will be good roadside Jamaican food and a few bottles of wine.04247ce4-ba8a-4d4d-8c4d-ff41c1b6ea40

Not only is Miss T a chef and a lover of road trips – she’s also a dreamer. She dreamed of a wine bar on the lawns of her empire but she insisted that it look exactly like an old Jamaican house with fretwork on the outside and vibrant, bursting colors. So said, so done.

On February 24, 2018, Miss T, amidst an excited, restless crowd, cut the red ribbon tied around the columns of the verandah of Di Wine Yaad. As the patrons stepped foot into the orange and blue fret-framed building, the first thing they realized was the IMG_7923crystal-clear (as clear as the glasses holding their wine) evidence of the needle fine attention that Miss T paid to detail when it came to the interior of “Di Wine Yaad”.

Di Wine Yaad will serve a wide variety of wines from all over the world and will feature an exotic tapas style menu. If you thought Miss T’s oxtail was wicked, you just wait till you bite into some of Miss T’s scrumptious, crispy, Oxtail Ragu Wontons topped with goat cheese and wash it down with a glass or even a few bottles of wine from a wide selection!

All are welcome to slip into Di Wine Yaad and sip away or if you’d prefer, rock away on Miss T’s verandah of Di Wine Yaad. Cheers!

 

Maintaining Friendships as an Adult

img_1931.jpgWe know making new friends gets harder as we get older — we have less time, less energy, and fewer opportunities. It gets easy to let your friendships cruise on autopilot. But a ton of Instagram likes, Facebook comments, and flaky promises for drinks do not make a solid friendship make. Recently, a study revealed that our crews are the sliced bread of life (even more important than family!). So you may want to take stock of your old faithful’s  and do your part to keep them close. Age comes with a million responsibilities that may seem more urgent than calling a pal or planning a IMG_7717ladies’ trip, but  it also comes with the realization that it’s the people in our lives that make this whole thing worth the ride. Want to show your soul sisters you care? It doesn’t take much, and the reward is major.

1. Pick up the phone. And we don’t just mean to text or scroll. We mean a real-life phone call. Who knows if they’ll answer; but even a voicemail will brighten their day and show your friend that you genuinely enjoy talking to them.

IMG_17272. Be consistent. Your pack loves you, so they may be chill when you cancel last-minute or fail to follow through on plans. They may even laugh it off. Deep down, though, it stings. Any way you spin it, when you skip out on your girls for work or an S.O., it send a message about your priorities. It’s true that sometimes we can’t help it; things come up. But if it happens more often than not, reassess and be realistic when you make plans. And know that sometimes you just have put your super-urgent deadlines aside and go chill with your girls. You’ll be glad you did. Continue reading “Maintaining Friendships as an Adult”

Like my new Slides ?

STEVEMADDEN-SANDALS_DASHA_CLEAR_SIDEEmbrace modern minimalism in the form of the DASHA slide, characterized by two parallel straps and a flat sole. Complement the style’s partially transparent upper by pairing with semi-sheer garments for a breezy-chic overall look.

CUTS of a DIAMOND – What I’m reading now

I must shout out to the world how incredibly proud I am of my Sister Friend!! Sandra has always dreamt of writing a book, but as she mentions in her story – Nothing before it’s sandratime! She conquered all fears and is finally telling her story, and what a story it is. She wrote this book with hopes of helping and guiding others like myself. I spend a great portion of my  life trying to figure out how to get on the self journey -to finding myself again.

Sandra speaks about turning even your most heartbreaking experiences into a thing of beauty.

In Cuts Of A Diamond Sandra Rodriguez Bicknell sets down her raw emotions and honest experiences in order to make a difference in each reader’s life.

It’s time to take back your authority over your life. You cannot dictate what will or will not happen to you as your life unfolds but you can manage how you look at your experiences and how you let them affect you. Then honor your victory with a beautiful piece of gem sprinkled jewelry that will remind you of your triumphs.

Make this memoir your guide to self-rediscovery and growth. The journey begins with the first chapter.

  • Improve your Relationships with God and your Family
  • Conquer Heartbreak
  • Strengthen your Spirituality

Tips to packing a Makeup Bag

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Summer is almost here again (not that we need summer to travel), It’s time to get our travel on! My girls and i have a HUGE trip planned for the end of August – i can hardly contain myself . I also have a couple smaller trips planned before that, so I thought I’d  share a Trudi Alexis fun travelling fact.

One of the toughest things about traveling is condensing my makeup down to JUST one small bag. I instantly go into sudden panic mode.

I’m not a diva at all when I travel, It’s more the thought of forgetting something I might need – so I tend to over-pack. I think most chicks can relate to this – rite? After countless trips and endless makeup bags, I learned a stress-free way to pack all my makeup essentials. Here we go!

1. Invest in a good cosmetic bag. Whether it’s a cheapy or a splurge, look for a bag that will keep your makeup organized! Look for one that has a divider with several little compartments! There’s nothing more frustrating than digging around for makeup so find one that’s portable and easy.

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Sunday i love you!

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Ahh Sundays! I love you so much. Like many of my friends, I look forward to you for so many reasons. Growing up I dreaded you but now you are my favorite day of the week and I thank you for never giving up on me. You’ve always had my best interest in my mind so I know deep down inside you knew this day would come. Not only do I love you like no other day, I value our time together. Even if my everyone else refuses to tell you how they feel, I know they love you too and here’s why.

Judgement Free Zone: Regardless of what anyone does on Friday and/or Saturday night, you’re just a day away. You give party goers and bar hoppers some much needed down time to look forward to and you don’t hold their past transgressions against them.

No Pressure: You let us sleep in and you don’t pressure us to get up and go to work, go grocery shopping or clean the house. When we finally do get up to do all of those things, there’s no obligation and you don’t nag us so we actually enjoy it.IMG_7627

Clear Thoughts & Mind: There’s nothing good on television (until the evening), so you have no choice but to be alone with your thoughts on Sundays.  After a very hectic week, who couldn’t use some alone time with their thought?  I know I appreciate it!

Inspiration: On Sundays everyone is inspired and that inspiration is usually paid forward. Whether we’re inspired at Church, on a drive out, the beach, mountains – during a simple conversation or by listening to music, our hearts and minds are open.  We’re more receptive and ready to receive the positive messages that greet us every Sunday. Even if it only lasts for 24 hours, it’s 24 hours of happiness felt by people all over the world.